Genre/Influences: Epic, orchestral, dark-cinematographic.
Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.
Background/Info: Mortiis describes its sound as ‘dungeon synth’. On “Spirit Of Rebellion” Håvard Ellefsen got back to the album “Ånden som Gjorde Opprør” originally released in 1994. We can speak about a rework and/or remixed album, but it first of all sounds pretty different and that’s why we better can speak about a new or ‘recycled’ album. The work has been released in different formats and features two long duration cuts.
Content: The dungeon-synth definition is totally right although I think it moves much further. Both tracks are characterized by overwhelming, epic and orchestral arrangements. The epic side is accentuated by numerous chants. You also get the sensation each track has been composed of different shorter cuts, but in the end it creates some harmony. The second tracks is even longer than the first one, but still holding on the epic/orchestral side.
+ + + : Mortiis has accomplished a successful cinematic experience, which is reassembling different influences like dark-ambient-, epic-orchestral- and even a touch of gothic. Both songs also have this visual strength to make you dream away. It’s important to listen to this work in the right conditions.
– – – : Both songs are cool, but the sound formula is definitely too repetitive. There’s less variation in both songs.
Conclusion: You can only, but like this work if you’re a Mortiis fan. You can also play it as an alternative to the beginning tune of “Game Of Thrones”!
Best songs: “Visions Of An Ancient Future”.